Mad Scientist

Happy May long weekend!!!

I know some people are out opening cottages, or even braving the camp grounds…well not this girl, still too cold for me!  Instead I’m enjoying a relaxing weekend at home :)

As promised in my last post it was time to take a little break from the ‘girly’ themed projects and get my grunge on!

What a better way to create something grungy than using some Tim  Holtz stamps and dies, mixed with Seth Apter Baked Textures embossing powders!

Oh not sure what Baked Textures are…well just wait these are soon to be in the store!  They are amazing texture, with great colour and endless possibilities.

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Taking center stage on my canvas is ‘The Chemist’ stamp by Tim Holtz, along with the apothecary dies.  I used Distress ink to colour in my favourite mad scientist.

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I cut the apothecary bottles from some chipboard and coloured them with Distress Ink…then the magic happened!  The largest and smallest bottle I used Baked Texture in Vintage Beeswax, this embossing powder is translucent with a yellowish tinge to it.  The photos really don’t do this justice, the bottles look so glassy in real life.  The mid sized bottle (on the right) was covered with Baked Texture in Ancient Amber which is more opaque with a goldy kind of finish!  Ooohh I fell in love instantly with these!

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This cage light from 7gypsies was the perfect addition, I can see his lab now full of odd and curious things!

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Another new to me product I tried with this canvas is Tim Holtz Grit Paste…oooh such amazing texture, and it dries fast too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my mad scientist…maybe you’ll even let your imagination explore the possibilities of art this weekend too!

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Retro Background

Happy Easter everyone!  I hope your day is full of love, family & good food!

I’m still busy exploring and playing with new Tim Holtz dies that I picked up a while ago at the store.  When I first saw the Retro Repeat die set I can’t say it was on my must have list.  That is until I saw a video on how it works…..wow blown away!  Like the name says ‘Repeat’ and yes you can!

I was just fooling around testing out all four to see how they work using a scrap piece of plain white cardstock.  It’s so easy to use and the ideas are swirling in my head!!

Of course I couldn’t waist these pieces I cut so I thought let’s play with plain old white cardstock, Tim Holtz dies and Distress!

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I started these cards by coloring the Retro Repeat backgrounds using Distress Stain and Spray.  I added splatters of more Distress and water to  each of the backgrounds.  They were then layered on top of cardstock I colored using Ground Espresso Distress Ink to show off the patterns.

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I thought the background n this first card looked like honeycomb so I added this pretty butterfly which I cut from the Tattered Butterfly die, yes another new one that was added to my collection!  The butterfly was colored using Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Broken China Distress Inks.

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I knew I had to use those adorable toadstools again from the Funky Foliage die set, they’re just too cute!  The toadstools were colored using Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries and Ground Espresso Distress Inks.  The flowers were cut from the Wildflowers 1 & 2 sets and colored with Squeezed Lemonade and Warn Lipstick.

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This tea cup from the Tea Time die, oh my goodness it’s so sweet and pretty!!  It was colored with Shaded Lilac and stamped with Dusty Concorde.  The tea cup is filled with leafy greens from the Garden Greens die which I colored using Crushed Olive & Bundled Sage.  The tiny roses were cut from the Tiny Tattered Florals set and colored with Squeezed Lemonade.

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Finally I pulled out one of the first Tim Holtz dies I purchases, Sewing Room to adorn the last card with this vibrant dress form colored with Fired Brick and Barn Door.  I couldn’t resist adding wings to this one, cut from the Detailed Butterfly die and colored with Broken China.

It’s been a long time since I played with my Distress inks and dies creating fun little projects!  This challenge I gave myself helped me fall in love with these products again and test my creativity to see what I can create with nothing more than white cardstock and some tools!

Take a little break from the Easter festivities and pull out some much loved supplies and get creating!!

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This post was written by Lisa on April 21, 2019

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